hi! i am knitting my first sweater, and so far it's going quite well! i am using this pattern from lionbrand.com:
i have all of the individual pieces completed and am ready to join everything together and finish up! however, i am a bit intimidated by the process of joining it all up. here are the instructions in the pattern for finishing the sweater:
"Sew sleeve seams. Fold Hood in half and sew bound-off edge to form back of Hood. Sew Hood to neck edge. Weave in ends. Sew buttons to Left Front, opposite buttonholes."
the pattern doesn't mention anything about sewing the sleeves to the actual garment. should i sew them into tubes first and then attach them? and do i attach them before i attach the hood? i am confident that i will be able to attach everything pretty well; i just don't know which order will be easiest!
here is a different pattern for a very similar sweater:
it has images of the individual pieces, which is helpful, and it does include the sleeves in the "finishing" instructions:
"Sew shoulder seams. Sew sleeve seams. Sew in sleeves. Fold Hood in half and sew bound off edge together to form back of Hood. Sew Hood to neck edge."
from these instructions, it seems i should sew the shoulders up first and then attach the sleeves (after sewing them up); then, i should do the hood. does this sound ideal?
thanks in advance for the advice!